Re: Colt gun question
Well, you could keep it as-is for a great lightweight .22, keep it in case you got a pre-war Colt .45 which would make a great set, or break it down and put the complete upper w/magazine, bare frame and all frame parts separately on the gun auction. If I did this, I would place a fairly high reserve on the upper and see how it goes - that way you don't give it away but you see what everybody else thinks its worth. Anything pre-war is desirable, and if I saw it I would probably bid on it. The frame of course would have to ship to an FFL, and the frame parts would need to be analyzed to see if any of them are vintage M1911 or M1911A1 parts or Colt marked, which would bring more. It's always a big decision on whether to break something like this down or not, but in truth hardly anyone would be interested in it as a complete .22 pistol; they would be after the upper and magazine. A collector might take the slide and magazine off, sell the rest and look for the correct original box and papers for the conversion kit. If it were mine, I'd keep the slide and mag with my 1953 Government model even if its not the exact right time frame for it.
ETA: In reading back over this, it sounds like I'm fishing to buy it, which I am not. Just trying to illustrate how the conversion kit with the right .45 increases the value of both as a set.
Last edited by 191145A1; 08-11-2007 at 01:27 PM..